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RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES 



OF THE 



TOWN OF MEDFIELD, 



\<>K THE 



YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 1, 1875, 



TOGETHER WITH THE 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT; TOWN CLERK'S REPORT; REPORT OF 
SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND OTHER STATISTICS, 



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S. J. SPEAR. PRINTER. MEDFIELD. 



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224th ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES 

OF THE 

TOWN OF MEDFIELD, 

FOR THE 

YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 1, 1875, 

TOGETHER WITH THE 

SELECTMEN'S REPORT; TOWN CLERK'S REPORT; REPORT OP 
SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND OTHER STATISTICS. 



^ ^ 



S. J. SPEAR, PRINTER, MEDFIELD. 



TOWN OFFICERS FOR 1874. 



Selectmen. 
B. F. SHUMWAY, HAMLET WIGHT, A. B. PARKER. 

Assessors. 
CHAS. HAMANT, DANIELS HAMANT,* WM. C. ALLEN. 

Overseers of the Poor. 
ALONZO B. PARKER, ELIJAH THAYER, A. E. MASON. 

Town Clerk. 
CHARLES C. SEWALL. 

Treasurer. Collector. 

ISAAC FISKE. R. A. BATTELLE. 

Auditor. 
CHARLES HAMANT. 

Constables. 
CHARLES HAMANT, H. F. BULLARD, R. W. SHERMAN. 

School Committee. 
R. T. LOMBARD, WM. F. GUILD,t CHAS. HAMANT.| 

Surveyors of Highivays. 
HAMLET WIGHT, A. B. PARKER, G. W. KINGSBURY. 

Fire, Wards. 
JOHN H. GOULD, T. L. BARNEY, D. D. CURTIS. 

Measurer of Wood and Sealer of Weights and Measures. 
THOMAS L. BARNEY. 

Weighers. 
THOMAS L. BARNEY. „ WILLIAM CRANE. 

Police. 
EDMUND T. EVERETT. 



*Doconso(l. tToflli vacancy. 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT. 



The Selectmen of Medfield present the following Report of 

Receipts and Expenditures from January 31, 1874, to February 
1, 1875: 

RECEIPTS. 

Balance in Treasury, January 31, 1874, $3,949 96 

Rec'd balance of Corporation tax for 1873, 368 21 

" " kt 1874, 710 92 

Balance of Bank tax for 1873, 13 36 

', " " 1874, 1,256 19 

Taxes for 1873, 972 32 

Taxes for 1870 in full, 27 65 

Taxes for 1874, 11,550 00 

Insurance on Town House, 15,000 00 

Dividend on Insurance Policies, 61 16 

State Aid, 240 00 

Income of State School Fund, 213 11 

Interest on Town " " 97 35 

Board of Pauper, 247 '2G 

M. Bailey, interest on taxes for 1870-71, 75 00 

R. A. Battelle, " " " in full, 11 75 

Overseers of Poor for sale of horse, 50 00 

« 20 20 

212 62 

II. F. Bullard for lumber, 1 77 

J. Clark for hay sold from Cemetery, 11 77 



Rec'd of Town of Medford for Blunderbuss, 
Kent of Stores, 
Cash borrowed, 
Overseers for Cranberries, 
Dog Licenses, 
on account of taxes 1871, 
interest on taxes, 1871, 

" " 1873, 

interest on School Fund, 
Taxes for 1872, 
E. A. Wheeler for plank, 
A. B. Parker, 
E. A. Newell, 
Rent of Hall, 
Interest on taxes for 1872, 

" on Deposits, 



$5 00 


121 


95 


8,402 


08 


91 


00 


115 


49 


17 


30 


4 


10 


45 


63 


174 


26 


133 


58 


2 


25 


2 


66 


16 


31 


97 


50 


22 


36 


241 


19 


44,583 


26 



EXPENDITURES. 



TOWN OFFICERS. 



Paid R. W. Sherman for services as Constable, 

J. M. R. Eaton " School Com, 2 years, 

C. C. Sewall, " Town Clerk, 

C. C. Sewall, recording births, marriages and deaths, 

James Hewins, services as Auditor, 1874, 

R. T. Lombard, services as School Committee from 

Mar. 3. to Dec. 18, 1874, 
R. T. Lombard for postage, paper, envelopes &c, 
R. A. Battelle, collecting taxes, 1870-71-73, 
Hamlet Wight, services as Selectman, 1874, 
B. F. Shumway, " " 

kk " for copying records, 

A. B. Parker, services as Selectman, 

" " " Overseer of Poor, 



$5 


00 


63 


00 


25 


00 


14 


50 


6 


00 


40 


00 


20 


00 


40 


00 


25 


00 


50 


00 


25 


00 


50 


00 


40 


00 



Paid Elijah Thayer, services as Overseer of Poor, 
A. E. Mason, " " " 

C. C. Sewall, services as Town Clerk, 
C. Hamaut, services as Assessor, 
" " bal. Corporation tax, 

" " copying records, 

W. C. Allen, services as Assessor, 
" " preparing Valuation for printing, 

Martin Bailey, collecting taxes, 



ABATEMENT OF TAXES. 

Paid Abatement for the year 1872, 

" " " 1873, 

" " 1874, 



$30 00 


20 


00 


26 


33 


75 


00 


5 


00 


25 


00 


40 


00 


5 


00 


81 


80 



$711 63 



$18 58 


41 


20 


53 


45 



$113 23 



TEACHING SCHOOLS. 



CENTRE. 



Paid Mrs. L. E. Tolman, 
Miss E. M. Grover, 
Mr. C. E. Wood, 
Miss E. Emerson, 
Miss J. S. Wardwell, 

Paid Mr. Albert B. Mason, 
Miss S. II. Wight, 

Paid Miss O. B. Young, 
E. F. Crocker, 



NORTH. 



SOUTH. 



$350 00 


170 


00 


370 


00 


180 


00 


270 


00 


120 


00 


290 


00 


104 


00 


240 


00 


$2094 


00 



8 
CAKE OF SCHOOL-HOUSES, FUEL, &c. 

CENTRE. 

Paid Rev. J. M. R. Eaton for maps, charts, books &c, $14 39 

B. W. Baker, care of liouse, 
A. Richards, cleaning house, 
L. M. Richards, for coal, 
E. A. Rhodes, care of house, 
G. E. Woods for books &c, 

C. II. Russell for wood, 
Rand & Avery, 50 billets for schools, 
Gould & Stevens for coal, 
J. A. Newell for charcoal, 
II. M. Parker for express, 
I. Fiske for supplies, 
R. W. Chenery, sawing wood, 



NORTH. 

Paid II. P. Bruce for 1-2 cord of wood, 
J. C. Allen for care of house, 
W. Q. Fisher for wood, 
A. L. Allen, sawing wood. 
Mrs. Tobin, cleaning house, 
II. Wight, wood and sawing, 



SOUTH. 

Paid G. M. Gilmore, sawing wood and care of house, 
Mrs N. Guild for wood, 
J. R. Smith " 
M. Callahan for labor, 



17 


50 




75 


20 


50 


28 


75 


18 


66 


10 


20 


6 


50 


152 


00 


G 


00 


9 


25 


27 


11 


2 


00 



$313 Gl 



2 


50 


15 


75 


33 


00 


12 


00 


1 


50 


6 


75 



$71 50 



Total for care, fuel &c. 



$35 


50 


21 


00 


7 


00 


G 


59 


$70 09 


$455 


20 



To Balance due for Schools on settlement Jan 31, 1874, $149 81 
Appropriation, 1874, 
Dog Licenses, 
State Fund, 
School " 



2,500 


00 


115 


49 


213 


11 


271 


61 


$3,250 02 


2,499 


20 



Expended for Schools 1874, 

Balance due for Schools, Feb. 1, 1875 $750 82 

REPAIRS OF SCHOOL-HOUSES. 



CENTRE. 

Paid H. F. Bullard for stock and labor, 
F. Ellis, " " 

T. A. Sparrow, " 

C. T. Frost, " 

D. Hoisington, " " 



NORTH. 

Paid H. F. Bullard for stock and labor, 
L. Babcock, " " 

W. F. Whittemore " u 

H. P. Bruce, " " 



SOUTH. 

Paid Geo. M. Gilmore for repairing pump, 

Total for repairs, $118 2G 

PUBLIC LIBRARY. 
Paid Trustees for furnishing room, $506 34 



Insurance on Town building, $656 00 



$42 42 


1 


40 


3 


99 


9 


35 


14 


55 


$71 


71 


$16 


28 


8 


61 


9 


91 


9 


75 


$44 


55 


$2 00 



10 



NOTES AND INTEREST. 



Paid C. M. Clark, 


interest on note, 


$7 00 


R. E. Sherman, 


cc cc 


12 25 


Mrs. 1). Russell, 


a cc 


7 00 


Geo. 11. Shumway, 


cc cc 


4 20 


Mary P. Phillips, 


note and interest, 


524 80 


Stephen Turner, 


interest on note, 


21 00 


Martin Bailey, 


note and interest, 


53 52 


F. D. Ellis, 


interest, 


87 50 


William Crane, 


(4 


7 70 


Isaac Fiske, 


u 


62 1G 


Mrs. C. Wight, 


cc 


7 00 


Mrs. J. A. Newell, 


cc 


21 00 


Franklin Ellis, 


cc 


17 50 


Eunice H. Chenery, 


u 


GOO 00 


George Fiske, 


cc 


14 00 


C. Hartshorn, 


cc 


12 25 


Benjamin Chenery, 


cc 


70 00 


B. F. Shumway, 


cc 


35 00 


A. W. Cleveland, 


cc 


28 00 


George Fiske, 


note .and interest, 


106 41 


H. M. Smith, 


interest, 


14 00 


Geo. II. Shumway, 


note and interest, 


107 38 


Mary Keith, 


u cc 


535 34 


R. A. Battelle, 


interest, 


35 00 


J. A. Fitts, 


note and interest, 


702 04 


Hamlet Wight, 


interest, 


14 00 


F. D.^Ellis, 


cc 


87 50 


A. Ross, 


cc 


21 00 


F. Ellis, 


note and interest, 


260 19 


Mary E. Carpenter, 


fc( cc 


321 70 


II. M. Smith, 


cc cc 


208 16 


Benj. Chenery, 


interest, 


70 00 


Geo. Fiske. 


note and interest, 


614 37 


Trustees School Finn 


1, interest, 


139 73 




$4,828 70 



11 

ROADS. 

Paid G. W. Kingsbury for removing snow, 
Hamlet Wight " " 

R. T. Lombard " " 

A. B. Parker " " 

C. H. Russell 



Paid Hamlet Wight, Surveyor, 

A. B. Parker, 
Geo. W. Kingsbury, " 
R. T. Lombard, " 



$8 


20 


11 


30 


10 


40 


5 


90 


15 


20 


Sol 


00 


$411 


82 


400 


00 


390 


00 


4 


00 



$1,205 82 
BUILDING AND FURNISHING TOWN HOUSE. 



Paid T. W. Silloway, 
Mead & Mason, 
freight on doors, 
Charles E. Kershew, 
Mead & Mason, 
T. L. Barney, 
L. G. Shepard, 
Lowell Babeoek, 
Joseph P. Hurley, 
B. C. & F. R.R. for freight, 
G* W. Meyers, 

Merriam & Holden for furnishing hall. 
Barney, Thayer & Wight " " 

J. S. Paine, on acet. " 

Hollings & Co.. furnishing " 

Otis Wentworth, 

T. W. Silloway, architect. 
G. W. & F. Smith, 
Fitts and Turner, furnishing, 
Mead ^V Mason. 



$300 00 

6,500 00 

1 20 

190 00 

2,000 00 

46 50 

400 00 

15 75 

120 00 

10 00 

500 00 

425 32 

71 50 

61 73 

141 50 

31 03 

4,250 00 

342 00 

250 00 

254 59 

4,840 25 



12 



Paid Mead & Mason, 
L. G. Shepard, 
J. B. Hale, 

J. B. Hale, furnishing, 
W. F. Whittemore, 
D. Hoisington, 
II. M. Parker, furnishing, 
B. F. Crehore, 

U u 

R. W. Sherman, 



EXPENSES OF TOWN HOUSE. 

Paid Gould & Stevens for coal, 
Johnson Bros, for supplies, 
H. P. Bruce for labor, 
I. Fiske for mats for Town House, 
H. Wight for wood, 
Mead & Mason for repairs, 

D. Hoisington for funnel and fixtures, 
S. Johnson for care of house and supplies, 
Geo. M. Smith for 2 floor brushes, 

E. Williams for sawing wood, 
G. M. Winship for repairs, 
I. Fiske for supplies, 

$184 58 

FIRE ENGINE, APPARATUS AND EXPENSES 

Paid C. M. Clapp for 450 ft linen hose, $516 37 

" " 9 sets coupling attached, 63 00 

" " 1 Blunderbuss, 5 00 

" " 2 nozzles, . 1 50 

E. Franks for services as Steward, 2 00 

Fred M. Smith for 30 engine men, 60 00 

C. M. Clapp for 50 ft linen hose, 57 38 

1 set couplings, 7 00 



$98 


00 


75 


00 


35 


46 


112 


57 


9 


75 


10 


75 


24 


14 


12 


86 


39 


45 


30 


00 


$21,199 


35 


$58 


16 


10 


24 


1 


00 


22 


50 


12 


00 


8 


00 


7 


55 


41 


85 


6 


00 


3 


00 


1 


00 


13 


28 



Paid Cushman & Baker repairs on engine, 
Freight on engine, 
Hunneman & Co. for Engine, 
Freight on engine, 

Treasurer of Medford for use of fire engine, 
H. M. Parker, 
E. T. Everett for care of engine and supplies, 



SG 35 


4 


00 


1100 


00 


4 


80 


50 


00 


5 


50 


5 


00 


81887 


90 



INCIDENTAL EXPENSES. 



Paid C. C. Sewall for Record book &c, $6 50 

" " recording deed, 1 00 

M. Brannon for information of crime, 5 00 

Rand & Avery for rebinding books, 12 00 

John G. Hutson for posts, 8 25 

Post No. 117, G.A.R. for Decoration day, 50 00 

R. T. Lombard for procuring teacher &c, 5 00 

" " 28 copies " Ex. Gen. Laws," 4 50 

" " cash paid for balance on books, 9 93 

Cushman & Baker for road scraper, 22 87 

Walpole tax, 5 27 

Medway tax, 6 00 

State tax, 1,200 00 

W. F, Abell, care of clock and oil, 25 50 

Joseph Clark, labor in cemetery, 31 60 

" rent of Curtis Hall, 25 00 

C. T. Frost, repairs on town pump, 3 90 
T. L. Barney for use of room, lights &c, 5 00 
G. M. Stevens, figures and hands for town clock, 20 25 
First Con. Society for repairing faces of clock, 45 00 
Selectmen for setting railing on Railroad Street, 12 00 

D. A. Burt for tablet, 250 00 
Parker's Express, 1 50 
H, P. Bruce for maintaining watering place, 3 00 

E. A. Wheeler for exj' 2 2") 
H. "Wight for 2 plough points and express, 3 00 
D. HoisiDStOD for Juror box. 1 <><> 



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Paid C. C. Sewall for cash paid Fairbanks &c, $3 00 

" " Commonwealth, 5 C7 

S. J. Spear, printing Town Reports, Valuation &c, 140 00 



STATE AID. 



Paid Mary A. Howard, 
Mary A. Kingsbury > 
Mary Knapp, 
Eliza Hardy, 



ALMSHOUSE 



$1,919 


99 


$96 00 


44 


00 


52 


00 


48 


00 



$240 00 



Paid B. J. Babcock funeral expenses of Mrs. Floyd, $25 25 

S. R. Maker, repairing furniture, 1 75 

Wm. Adams, Keeper, iu full to April 1, 1874, 275 00 

G. W. Kingsbury for grain, 47 05 

H. M. Parker for horse, 135 00 

Cushman & Baker, 19 21 

H. F. Bullard for lumber and labor, 117 20 

Wm. Adams for lumber, 17 10 

A. B. Parker for cow, 55 00 
J. F. Pickering for labor, 90 00 
Lowell Babcock for painting, 23 40 
Franklin Ellis for stock and labor, 11 70 
Gould & Stevens for grain, 119 14 
E. A. Wheeler for ice, 15 00 
D. D. Curtis for sawing, 10 75 

B. F. Flynu for fish, 14 70 
J. H. Gould for 2 cows, 90 00 
T. L. Barney for groceries, 1 76 88 
Doors, Sheathing paper, shingles and express, 43 49 
B. J. Babcock for bread, 9 62 
A. B. Parker for freight on lumber, 8 82 
Johnson Bros, for groceries, 16 86 
for mattrasses for almshouse, 18 00 



15 



Paid H. F. Bullard for labor, 

Clark & Leatherbee for lumber, 

J. H. Richardson for medical attendance, 

D. Hoisington for labor and merchandise, 

F. D. Hamant, balance on cows, 
A. B. Parker. 

G. M. Wiuship, blacksmith's bill. 
Cushman and Baker for repairs on sled, 
I. Fiske for groceries, 



SUPPORT OF PAUPERS OUT OF ALMSHOUSE. 

Paid for Mary Peters, $39 69 

State Lunatic Asylum for J. W. Coltman, 192 76 



$86 


27 


86 


35 


10 


75 


2 


45 


10 


00 


5 


00 


20 


65 


13 


10 


346 


93 


$1,922 


42 



$232 45 



RECAPITULATION, 



Paid Town Officers. 


$711 63 


Abatement of Taxes, 


113 23 


Teaching Schools, 


2.094 00 


Care of and Fuel for School-houses, 


455 20 


Repairs of School-houses, 


118 26 


Public Library, 


506 34 


Insurance, 


656 00 


Notes, 


3.300 00 


Interest, 


1.528 70 


Roads, 


1.205 82 


Removing snow. 


51 00 


Building and furnishing Town House, 


21.199 35 


Expenses of Town House, 


184 58 


Fire Department, 


1,887 90 


Incidental expenses, 


1.919 99 


State Aid, 


240 00 


Almshouse Department, 


1.922 42 


Paupers out of Almshouse, 


232 45 




138,326 ^7 



1G 
LIABILITIES OF THE TOWN, 

AS REPORTED BY THE TREASURER, FEBRUARY 1, 1875 

Due Geo H. Shumway, $60 00 

Trustees of Ministerial Fund, 141 00 

Stephen Turner, 200 00 

" M 100 00 

Trustees of Ministerial Fund, 330 00 

William Crane, 70 00 

" 40 00 

Clarissa Wight, 100 00 

A. W. Cleveland, 400 00 
Cynthia M. Clark, 100 00 
Callie Hartshorn, 100 00 
Benjamin Chenery, 500 00 

" « 1,500 00 

B. F. Shumway, 300 00 
R. E. Sherman, ■ 175 00 
Hamlet Wight, * 200 00 
Folly Russell, 100 00 

A. C. Ross, 300 00 
F. D. Ellis, 2,000 00 
I. Fiske, 328 00 
Olive Allen, / 100 00 
J. A. Newell, - 300 00 

B. F. Shumway, 200 00 
F. D. Ellis, 500 00 
Catherine Hartshorn, 75 00 
John Sullivan, 340 00 
Trustees School Fund, 1,996 20 

" "• " 394 00 

" " " 100 00 

Jos. W. Paige, 283 08 

Lauretta Bullard, 100 00 

E. W. Morrill, 125 00 
Geo. Cummings, 6,000 00 

F. D. Ellis, 1,000 00 
Helen M. Roberts, 400 00 



Due Caroline B. Phillips, $500 00 

AVm. Adams, Keeper of Almshouse, for salary to 

February 1, 1875, 375 00 





$19,832 28 


RESOURCES. 




Balance in Treasury February 1, 1875, 


$6,256 39 


Due from Taxes 1870, 


2 00 


1871, 


73 92 


1872, 


31 07 


1873, 


27 68 


1874, 


1,276 65 


Due for State Aid, 


240 00 



$7,907 71 
Liabilities exceed resources, $11,924 57 



I have examined the foregoing accounts and find them correct and 
accompanied with the proper vouchers. 

CHARLES HAMANT, 

Auditor. 



REMARKS. 

The financial year now closed has been attended with extraordi- 
nary expenditures, as will be seen by the report of the Treasurer. 
This unusual state of affairs lias been caused in a great measure by 
the cost of rebuilding and furnishing the Town House, the purchase 
of a new Fire Engine and the enlarged amount raised lor the support 



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of the High School which the committee, it is now understood, will 
recommend to he abolished. The interest on the debt of the Town 
also amounts to the large sum of one thousand, nine hundred and 
sixty-two dollars. ($1,962.00.) In view of these facts we feel it 
incumbent upon us to recommend the strictest economy in every 
department. 

In accordance with the instructions of the Town at the last an- 
nual meeting we recommend that the sum of Thirteen thousand, 
eight hundred and sixty-two dollars (13,862.00.) be granted for the 
current expenses of the ensuing year, to be appropriated as follows : 

For repairing Town ways, Highways and Bridges, $1,200 00 

Pauper Expenses, 1,000 00 

Support of Schools, 2,000 00 

General Expenses, 1,500 00 

Debt of the Town, 4,000 00 

Interest on same, 1,962 00 

State Tax, (estimated,) 1,200 00 

County Tax, " 1,000 00 

We consider this sum sufficient to meet the necessary expenses, 
unless some unforseen occurrence takes place. 

In conformity to the requirements of the law we have caused the 
Guide Boards, standing at the date of our last report, to be sup- 
ported on the highways during the year. 

We take pleasure in reporting the good condition of the Public 
Buildings, Roads and Bridges of the town. We believe they will 
bear favorable comparison with those of other places, and that the 
whole aspect and character of Medfield renders it worthy of general 
attention and remark. 

All which is respectfully submitted, 

B. F. SHUMWAY, 
HAMLET WIGHT, 
A. B. PARKER, 

Selectmen of Medfield. 
Feb. 1, 1875, 



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REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 



INVENTORY OF PERSONAL PROPERTY 
at the Almshouse, Jan. 31, 1875. 

10 Cows, $500.00 ; 1 Bull, $25.00 ; 2 Horses, $300.00, 

7 Bwine, 55.00 ; 32 fowls, 20.00, 

1 express wagon, 100.00 ; 1 two horse wagon, 120.00, 

1 covered wagon, 40.00 ; 1 hay wagon, 45.00, 

1 two-horse cart, 30.00 ; 1 ox wagon, 25.00, 

1 pair double harness, 45.00 ; 1 single harness, 15.00, 

1 sleigh, 15.00; 2 sleds, 22.00, 

1 mowing machine, 40.00 : I horse rake, 40.00 ; 

4 ploughs, 2 cultivators, 

2 ox yokes, 5.00 ; 2 stake, 1 log and 3 draught chains, 4.00, 

1 harrow, 3 ladders, 11.00 ; 5 shovels, spade, crome, 6.00 
Bog hoe. pick and adze, 2.25 ; 2 bill-hooks, 1 hatchet, 3.00 

2 cranberry rakes and screen, 

5 scythes and snathes and 4 axes, 
Saw, shave and rake, 3.00 ; 1 cross cut saw, 4.00, 
5 hoes and iron bar, 3.00 ; 1 grindstone, 10.00, 
Hay cutter and feed box, 7.00 ; 5 hay forks, 5.00, 

2 potatoe diggers, 1.25 ; 4 tubs, 5.00, 

1 brass kettle. 5.00 ; 3 beef barrels, 4.50, 

3 stone jars, 1.50 ; 1 churn, 7.00, 

2 cooking stoves, 27.00 ; 1 air tight stove, G.00, 

3 coal stoves, 17.00 ; 1 clothes wringer, 9.00, 
55 milk pans, 14.00 ; 2 water pots, 3.00, 
Wood saws and horse, 4.00 ; 12 grain hags. 3.00. 
2 hammers, beetle and 5 wedges, 

4 augers, 1 pruning knife. 3.75 ; 4 hand rakes, 2.00, 

5 butter boxes, 1 bowl, 4.25 ; 4 cider barrels, 6.00, 
2 corn cutters. 1 drag rake. 



$825 


00 


75 


00 


220 


00 


85 


00 


55 


00 


60 00 


37 


08 


80 


00 


40 


00 


, 9 


00 


17 


00 


» 5 


25 


6 


00 


8 


00 


7 


00 


13 


00 


12 


00 


6 


25 


9 


50 


8 


50 


33 


00 


26 


00 


17 


00 


7 


00 


2 


50 


5 


75 


10 


25 


2 


00 



20 



4 manure forks, 4.00; 1 meat bench, 1.00, $5 00 

20 Hour barrels, 3.33 ; 1 set pulley blocks and ropes, 3.00, 6 33 

33 cords wood, 150.00 ; posts and rails, 20.00, 170 00 

1 Fountain pump, 10 00 

10 tons English hay, 240.00 ; 7 tons meadow hay, 75.00, 315 00 

1 ton oat stover, 20.00 ; 35 bush, corn, 38.50, 58 50 

75 bush, potatoes, 63.75 ; 50 bush, small potatoes, 12.50, 76 25 

20 bush, turnips, 7.00; 3 bush, beets, 1.50, 8 50 

75 cabbages, 6.00 ; 3 1-2 bush, beans, 12.00, 18 00 

1-2 bbl. flour, 4.00 ; 25 lbs. lard, 4.00, 8 00 

150 lbs. pork. 20.00 ; 50 lbs. beef, 5.00, 25 00 

75 lbs. ham, 11.00 ; 50 lbs. butter, 21.00, 32 00 

Bill of sundries bought to secure an old debt, 25 00 

4 bbls. cider, 20.00 ; 3 bbls. apples, 6.00, 26 00 



$2,465 58 



RECEIPTS AT ALMSHOUSE. 



For board of Fannie Chamberlain, 
E. A. Wheeler, for horse, 
Overseers of Poor for cranberries, 

" " butter, 

Cash on hand as per last report, 
Hay sold, 

Straw sold, 1.00 : Milk, 6.00 
Pork " 101.89: Poultry 4.00, 
Use of horse, 

Calves, 77.00 : Potatoes, 48.43 
Board and lodging. 
Beef, 
Shingles, 

Cabbages, 1.10: Rags, .25, 
Butter, 

Labor off farm, 

Eggs, .96 : use of bull, 20.50, 
Cash from Town Treasury, 



$247 26 


50 


00 


91 


00 


212 


62 


24 


38 


128 


55 


7 


00 


105 


89 


4 


50 


125 


43 


35 


25 


125 


00 


2 


81 


1 


35 


24 


22 


2 


50 


21 


46 


1,902 


42 



$3,111 64 



21 
PAYMENTS. 

Amount paid by Treasurer as follows, 

Paid B. J. Babcock funeral expenses of Mrs. Floyd, 
S. R. Maker, repairing furniture, 
Win. Adams, Keeper, in full to April 1, 1874, 
G. W. Kingsbury for grain, 
H. M. Parker for horse, 
Cushman & Baker, 
H. F. Bullard for lumber and labor, 
Wm. Adams for lumber, 

A. B. Parker for cow, 

J. F. Pickering for labor, 
Lowell Babcock for painting, 
Franklin Ellis for stuck and labor, 
Gould & Stevens for grain, 
E. A. Wheeler for ice, 
D. D. Curtis for sawing, 

B. F. Flyrm for fish, 

J. H. Gould for 2 cows, 

T. L. Barney for groceries, 

Doors, Sheathing paper, shingles and express, 

B. J. Babcock for bread, 

A. B. Parker for freight on lumber, 

Johnson Bros, for groceries, 

for mattrasses for almshouse, 

H. F. Bullard for labor, 

Clark & Leatherbee for lumber, 

J. H. Richardson for medical attendance, 

D. Hoisington for labor and merchandise, 

F. D. Ilamant, balance on cows, 
A. B. Parker, " 

G. M. Winship, blacksmith's bill, 
Cushman and Baker for repairs on sled, 
I. Fiske for groceries, 



$25 25 


1 


75 


275 


00 


47 


05 


135 


00 


19 


21 


117 


20 


17 


10 


55 


00 


90 00 


23 


40 


11 


70 


119 


14 


15 


00 


10 


75 


14 


70 


90 


00 


176 


88 


43 


49 


9 


62 


8 


82 


16 


86 


18 


00 


86 


27 


86 


35 


10 


75 


2 


45 


10 


00 


5 


00 


20 


(M> 


18 


10 


346 


93 


$1,922 


42 



22 



Payments by Overseers as follows r 
Paid for killing hogs, 
Fowls, 

1 bbl. Superphosphate, 
Paint bill, 

Rails, 

50 cabbage plants, 
Lime and hair, 
Use of bull, 1873, 
Making cider, 

2 coal stoves, 

15 barrels for cranberries, 
Bull, 

Grinding, 
Beef, 
Fish, 
Grain, 
Coal, 
Clothing, 
Filing saws, 
Bread, 
Apples, 
Tin ware, 

Expenses to Boston, 
Sweet potatoes, 
Lumber, 

Medical attendance, 
Brooms, 
Sundry repairs, 
Balance on cows, 
Sundries, 
Tools, 

Cheese, .82 ; Curing hams, 1.00, 
Labor on farm, 
Paid into Town Treasury, 



Payments by the Treasurer, 

Total payments, 



$2 00 


5 


95 


8 


88 


7 


97 


2 


61 




38 


2 


75 


2 


50 


1 


50 


13 


00 


5 


00 


25 


00 


1 


48 


142 


73 


20 


48 


40 


00 


2 


50 


12 


75 


1 


10 


30 


96 




65 


2 


49 


2 


30 


1 


60 


29 


16 


6 


00 


2 


50 


17 


34 


60 


00 


5 38 


17 


25 


1 


82 


116 


90 


600 


88 


$1,193 81 


1,902 


42 


$3,096 


23 



Brought forward, $3,096 23 

Due Wm. Adams, salary to Feb. 1, 1875, 375 00 



63,461 23 
By Receipts, 3,111 64 



$349 59 



Appraisal, 1874, 82. 224.43 

" 1875, 2,465.58 



Gain, 241.15 

1102 meals furnished tramps, 
Cash in hands of Overseers, 
Due from T. L. Smith, 



241 


15 


165 


30 


2 


85 


8 


35 



$767 24 



Pauper expenses out of almshouse, $232.45* 

Paupers in Almshouse, February 1, 1895. 

Silas Allen, aged 80 years. Amy Turner, aged 87 years. 

Harriet Leland, " 83 " Arthur Bailey, " 20 " 

Mary Peters, " 87 " George Hunt, " 11 " 

Assisted out of Almshouse, 

J. W. Coltmau at State Lunatic Asylum, $192 77 

Board of Mary Peters, 39 69 



$232 45 



Average number of Paupers, 6. Cost per week, $4.54. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. B. PARKER, 
ELIJAH THAYER, 
A. E. MASON. 

Overseen of the Poor. 
February, 1, 1875. 



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REGISTRAR'S REPORT. 



BIRTHS IN MEDFIELD DURING THE YEAR 1874. 



Date. 




Name. 


March 


10 


A^nes Ellen Burgess. 


May 


1 


Elizabeth A. M. Maney. 


u 


9 


Chester Eugene Billiard. 


l« 


19 


A Son of Dr. J. H. Richardson. 


u 


26 


Anna Minerva Wight. 


July 


3 


Mary Evelyn Chase. 


u 


6 


Walter Clark Russell. ^ 


August 


2 


Albert L. Dyer. 


it 


20 


A child of William F. Guild. 


September 


27 


Edward Ellery Franks. 


October 


1 


Nettie Estelle Harding. 


November 


7 


Henry Adams Richardson. 


it 


11 


Edward Alanson Brigham. 


u 


26 


Mary O'Connor. 


December 


23 


Roy R. Crane. 


u 


2H 


William Bernard Smith. >. 



REGISTRY OF MARRIAGES, 1874 



Date. 




April 


1 


■"• 


30 


Mav 


13 


u 


31 


July 


23 


August 


24 


October 


17 


" 


19 


November 


10 


• k 


16 


December 


3 



Names. 



Herbert L. Ferguson and Ella L. Rich. 
Melville L. Willard and Harriet M. A. Smith. 
James H. Emery and Sarah E. Dyer. 
Johu Wood and Julia A. Garfield. 
Edwin H. Ellis and Nellie E. Wheeler. 
Edward B. Drew and Anna A. Davis, 
Theodore Harding and Harriet C. Conant. 
Lowell M. Wis well and Mary E. Tisdale. 
Joseph M. Johnson and Ellen M. Woods. 
Wa'do A. Coolidge and Jennie Kies. 
Benjamin E. Hemmenway and Alice P. Norton. 



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RECORD OF DEATHS DURING THE YEAR 1874. 



Date. 


Names. 


Age. 

yrs mos dts 


Disease. 


Feb. 


1 


Esther M. Fisher, 


72 10 


Heart Disease. 


u 


6 


Susan Floyd, 


76 10 


Old Age. 


t( 


8 


Anna H. Morse, 


68 4 


Consumption. 


it 


13 


Prudence Lovell, 


86 11 


Old Age. 


April 


7 


Ellis Russell Smith, 


11 


Bronchitis. 


u 


8 


George W. Oliver, 


74 


Heart Disease. 


May 


18 


Daniels Hamant, 


62 


Cancerous Tumor. 


June 


7 


Olive Allen, 


83 


Cancerous Tumor. 


u 


27 


Ira Adams, 


64 6 


Heart Disease. 


July 


23 


Josephine M. Breck, 


44 2 


Consumption. 


u 


25 


Charles F. Davis, 


38 11 4 


Consumption. 


Aug. 


18 


Kate Frost, 


25 


Consumption. 


Sept. 


14 


Martin Bailey, 


86 3 


Old Age. 


u 


22 


Elisabeth A. M. Maney 


4 22 


Cholera Infantum. 


Nov. 


4 


Frances A. P. Barry, 


31 


Consumption. 


It 


22 


Hannah M. Smith, 


45 6 


Acute Bronchitis. 


Dec. 


1 


James M. Chenery, 


Go 


Tvph'd Pneumonia. 


u 


28 


Simeon Richardson, 


75 9 12 


Heart Disease. 


u 


28 


John Hanley, 


75 


Pneumonia. 



CHARLES C. SEWALL, 

Registrar 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF MEDFIELD, 

FOR THE YEAR 1874-5. 



Only one member of the present Board was a member when the 
last Annual Report was submitted. 

From various causes we have had many vacancies in our list of 
teachers : and in filling the same the Committee have tried to get 
the best that could be obtained with the money at their disposal. 
A change of teachers is to be regretted, but cannot be avoided. 

HIGH SCHOOL. 

Mr. Cornelius E. Wood was the teacher the Winter and Spring 
terms of 1874, and like many of his predecessors did not bring the 
school up to the high standard of excellence desired, and it was 
closed, in May last, by vote of the committee then in charge, at 
which time there were but comparatively few scholars attending. 
We think Mr. Wood possessed of high literary qualifications and of 
very gentlemanly manners, and in some schools his efforts would be 
crowned with entire success. 

The Committee found it impossible to secure even a second rate 
male teacher for the salary paid, and therefore decided to employ a 
first class female teacher. 

After advertising and corresponding with the Principals of our 
State Normal Schools, the present teacher, Miss J. S. Wardwell, 
was selected. The Committee applied to her upon the very fine 
recommendation' of the Principal of the Salem .State Normal 
School. 

Miss Wardwell has very fine attainments and a thorough knowl- 
edge of all the branches taught. She took the school under dis- 
couraging circumstances ; there has been an improvement, especially 
in the high branches, yet it is not a success. 



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Where a school has had to change its teachers year after year, 
and falling lower and lower in discipline, it takes time to bring it 
to even a fair standard ; and if the scholars do not aid the teacher 
in so desirable a work, the attempt can only be successful where the 
tact, energy and moral power of teachers are equal to the emergen- 
cy, and we might add physical force, if necessary to secure obedi- 
ence, tor we are not of those who believe in " sparing the rod" and 
spoiling the school. 

A large number of the scholars only attend during the Winter 
term ; these are mostly boys, who find employment, or are idle, 
about nine mouths in the year and pass the winter months in the 
schoolroom; therefore, we find them unused lo restraint, untrained 
to think, not inclined to study, careless in habits, and substantially 
without home discipline, (they may be known by their rude boister- 
ous and unbecoming manners in the streets, Post Office and public 
assemblies,) thus giving this school a discordant element which 
sadly impairs its usefulness. 

There is still another question to be considered in connection 
with this school. We claim to have a High School, but it is a mis- 
nomer to call it so. It is true we teach many of the High school 
branches, yet it is rather a mixed than a High School. The town has 
not the means to maintain, nor scholars enough to make it success- 
ful. There are only six or eight scholars who are taking the ad- 
vanced course, and some of these could pursue the Grammar course 
for some time to come to their advantage. 

There can be no doubt that while nine-tenths of the parents take 
their children out of school before they can read a newspaper para- 
graph correctly, or are able to define a fraction, the material cannot 
be found to make a High School while our population remains as 
at present. We had better look at facts, rather than deceive our- 
selves by a delusion, no matter how agreeable it may be. 

After carefully examining the whole subject, the Committee rec- 
ommend, — that the, so called, High School be abolished, and in- 
stead thereof establish a Grammar School. 

Such of our scholars who desire, and whom the Committee think 
competent to take a High School course, can be sent to the Sawin 
Academy in Sherborn at small expense, and where the pupils will 
receive superior advantages. 



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By pursuing this course the Town will save money, the scholars 
will be more thoroughly instructed in the sciences of Reading, Spel- 
ling, Writing and Arithmetic, (which are much needed,) and those 
who desire the advantages of a High School, will find this want at 
the Sawin Academy. 

Our schools are costing too much for the benefits received, and if 
these recommendations are adopted, we feel confident that better 
results will be obtained. 

CENTRE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, 

was under the care of Mrs. Tolman until the commencement of the 
Winter term ; she is an excellent teacher and met with eminent 
success. 

Miss Susan J. Woods was elected upon the resignation of Mrs. 
Tolman. and the Committee are pleased to say, that their expecta- 
tions are fully realized, that the high standing of this school is being 
maintained ; and the good order and thorough knowledge of studies 
which are exhibited, leave no doubts in the mind of the committee 
that Miss Woods will prove a very successful teacher. 

CENTRE PRIMARY SCHOOL. 

This is composed of the youngest scholars in the district, and they 
are apparently doing well under the care of Miss Esther Emerson. 
These interesting juveniles can scarcely do more than amuse them- 
selves and prepare the foundation for their future education. 

NORTH SCHOOL. 

The beginning of the Spring term of 1874, found this school 
without a teacher. The discipline (hiring the Winter term had been 
very poor, (where a rather rigid course is required,) which had an 
injurious effect and called for extra exertion from the teacher who 
should take charge. The Committee were fortunate in securing th>' 
services of Miss Sarah II. Wight, a resident of the town, who has 
all the qualifications for a good teacher, and has met with commend- 
able success. To make this a really g<><"l school was a difficult 
ta>k. yet it hits been accomplished in less than a year; DO other in 



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town has made such thorough and rapid progress in their studies 
and discipline ; others may be further advanced but none have done 
more. It is our wish that we may long retain Miss Wight as a 
teacher. 

SOUTH SCHOOL. 

The beginning of the year found this school also without a teach- 
er. After an examination of several applicants, Miss Ella F. 
Crocker was elected. This school is small and requires consider- 
able tact to awaken and continue an interest : the teacher has been 
deeply interested and it has made decided advancement ; it is under 
fair discipline and influenced rather by love than through fear. 

During the year the Committee have introduced the " Franklin 
Series" of Readers, (by Hillard,) they are good readers and supply 
a long felt need. 

To have good schools requires the earnest cooperation of all. If 
parents are constantly watching an opportunity to find some fault 
with teachers, children will do the same. No parent should fail to 
visit the school-room at least two or three times each term — fathers 
as well as mothers — and if all should do so, it would remove many 
a cause of complaint and wonderfully aid the patient and industrious 
teacher. 

As a whole the schools are doing better now than when the last 
report was published, yet not what the Committee would like or 
reasonably expected from the care given and money expended. 
There are in the schools many fine scholars, who have made great 
progress during the year, and to such, who have done their duty 
with fidelity to themselves and credit to the town, the committee 
award just praise ; for to such are we to look to occupy and fill 
positions of honor and trust, in the future, which the unerring hand 
of Time, eacli passing year makes vacant, by the certain but un- 
welcome visitor. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. T. LOMBARD, 
WM. F. GUILD, 
CHARLES HAMANT. 

School Committee. 



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